Sydney, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - Top seed Juan Martin del Potro was
a hard-fought quarterfinal winner Thursday at the Sydney International tennis
The menacing world No. 5 Argentine held off Czech veteran Radek Stepanek 6-4,
3-6, 6-3 in 2 hours, 8 minutes on Day 4 at NSW tennis Centre.
The former U.S. Open champion del Potro's semifinal opponent on Friday will be
fourth-seeded Russian Dmitry Tursunov, who bested Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin
7-6 (7-5), 6-2 at this final hardcourt Australian Open tune-up. Tursunov was
the Sydney champ in 2008.
Friday's other semi will pit Ukrainian qualifier Sergiy Stakhovsky against
reigning champion Bernard Tomic of Australia. Stakhovsky stifled Aussie wild
card Marinko Matosevic 6-4, 6-3, while Tomic handled Ukrainian Alexandr
Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-3.
Tomic topped South African Kevin Anderson in the final to capture his first
ATP World Tour title in Sydney last year.
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